Florence County Health Department

Florence County, Wisconsin
info@florencewipublichealth.com  | 715-528-4837 | 501 Lake Ave, P.O. Box 410, Florence, Wisconsin 54121
Healthy People, Vibrant Communities
P.O. Box 410; Florence, WI 54121 501 Lake Ave; Florence, WI 54121 715-528-4837 info@florencewipublichealth.com Website by North Country Website Design
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Children & Family Services

Children & Family Services, as part of the Florence County Health Department, strengthens children and families by providing high-quality programs throughout Florence County. They provide programs that preserve the dignity and enhance the well-being of families and their individual members. They nurture and empower children and families for a brighter future. Children & Family Services is responsible for providing services to assist children and families, including services for children in need of protection or services for their families, adoption and foster care services, licensing of facilities that care for children, background investigations of child caregivers, refugee family services, and child abuse and neglect investigations. It administers the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, including the child care subsidy program, child support enforcement and paternity establishment, and programs related to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) income support program. The department is also responsible for early child care and education and also administers the licensing and regulation of day care centers.

Protecting Kids from Tobacco Smoke

First Breath Program

My Baby & Me

Maternal/Child Health

Childhood Blood Lead Testing

Oral Health

USDA Summer Food Program

Protecting Kids from Tobacco Smoke

Second hand smoke comes off the end of a lit cigarette or after it is exhaled by the smoker. The smoke contains harmful toxic chemicals. Nonsmokers who are around secondhand smoke will breathe in the same chemicals that smokers do. Make a pact to never smoke in front of your children. Work toward making your entire home smoke-free. Opening a window, running a fan, or spraying air freshners will NOT keep children safe from secondhand smoke. To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.

First Breath Program

Free help for pregnant women and new moms (with babies less than six months old) with Smoking Cessation Support from your healthcare provider; One-on-One Counseling with a First Breath Quit Coach; First Breath Text Message Support. Dads, grandparents and caregivers can also get free support! To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.    

My Baby & Me

My Baby & Me is a program that helps women have health, alcohol-free pregnancies. Any alcohol that a pregnant woman consumes is passed along to her baby. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects. There is no known safe amount, time, or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.  

Home Alone

Welcome!  These videos are for parents and their children who are getting ready to stay home alone.  Parents and children should watch the videos together and use the short activities after each video to discuss your plans to stay safe.  https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/homealone/ 

Maternal/Child Health

The MCH Program works with local public health departments, community-based organizations, statewide organizations and other providers to provide and/or assure quality health services are delivered to mothers, children, and families in Florence County. The program provides home visits to first-time mothers with new babies, water testing, depression screening and informs mothers of other available services. The Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Hotline connects you with trained staff who can offer information on services for women, children and families throughout Wisconsin, including health, food, nutrition, special needs, financial assistance and advocacy programs. This hotline is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at (800) 642-7837. More information about the MCH Hotline is available at www.mch-hotlines.org. Call 715-528-4837 for more information. Well Badger Resource Center When you have questions about health and social services, figuring out where to go when you need help can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier. Well Badger Resource Center is your one-stop connection to community, social, health, and government programs - a place to find what you need, when you need it.  https://www.wellbadger.org/  Safe Baby Products Resource Guide

Childhood Blood Lead Testing

Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycare centers where lead based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation without using lead-safe practices. Call 715-528-4837 for more information.

Oral Health

One of the roles of public health, in Florence County, is to ensure that community has access to ways that are proven to ensure good oral health.  Fluoridation is the most common, least expensive, and most effective way to reduce tooth decay. The town of Florence is the only township that fluoridates their water supply so if you do not live with the Town of Florence boundaries then your child may need fluoride supplements to achieve good oral health.   Fluoride supplements are available to you through the Florence County Health Department for children ages 6 months to 16 years old.  Private well water can be tested by obtaining a well water test kit from the Florence County Health Department.  The report includes the amount of naturally occurring fluoride in your well water. You can then get fluoride supplements through the Florence County Health Department to make sure that your child is getting the correct amount of fluoride for strong healthy teeth.   Video: Flouride: The Superhero of Cavity Fighting Brochure: Flouride Facts For more information on private well water testing or fluoride supplements, please contact Ann Price, RN at 715-528-4837 annprice@co.florence.wi.us. Brochure: Northwoods Dental Project

USDA Summer Food Program

The UW Extension is offering Free Breakfast and Free Lunch in conjunction with Food, Fun, and Fitness Summer Program. More information.

Florence County

Health Department

info@florencewipublichealth.com  | 715-528-4837 | 501 Lake Ave, P.O. Box 410, Florence, WI 54121
Healthy People, Vibrant Communities
501 Lake Ave Florence, WI 54121 715-528-4837 info@florencewipublichealth.com Website by North Country Website Design
Home > Services > Children & Family Services

Children & Family Services

Children & Family Services, as part of the Florence County Health Department, strengthens children and families by providing high-quality programs throughout Florence County. They provide programs that preserve the dignity and enhance the well-being of families and their individual members. They nurture and empower children and families for a brighter future. Children & Family Services is responsible for providing services to assist children and families, including services for children in need of protection or services for their families, adoption and foster care services, licensing of facilities that care for children, background investigations of child caregivers, refugee family services, and child abuse and neglect investigations. It administers the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program, including the child care subsidy program, child support enforcement and paternity establishment, and programs related to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) income support program. The department is also responsible for early child care and education and also administers the licensing and regulation of day care centers.

Protecting Kids from Tobacco Smoke

First Breath Program

My Baby & Me

Maternal/Child Health

Childhood Blood Lead Testing

Oral Health

USDA Summer Food Program

Protecting Kids from Tobacco

Smoke

Second hand smoke comes off the end of a lit cigarette or after it is exhaled by the smoker. The smoke contains harmful toxic chemicals. Nonsmokers who are around secondhand smoke will breathe in the same chemicals that smokers do. Make a pact to never smoke in front of your children. Work toward making your entire home smoke-free. Opening a window, running a fan, or spraying air freshners will NOT keep children safe from secondhand smoke. To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.

First Breath Program

Free help for pregnant women and new moms (with babies less than six months old) with Smoking Cessation Support from your healthcare provider; One-on-One Counseling with a First Breath Quit Coach; First Breath Text Message Support. Dads, grandparents and caregivers can also get free support! To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.    

My Baby & Me

My Baby & Me is a program that helps women have health, alcohol-free pregnancies. Any alcohol that a pregnant woman consumes is passed along to her baby. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of birth defects. There is no known safe amount, time, or type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. To get more information, click on the posters below to read more.  

Home Alone

Welcome!  These videos are for parents and their children who are getting ready to stay home alone.  Parents and children should watch the videos together and use the short activities after each video to discuss your plans to stay safe.  https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/homealone/ 

Maternal/Child Health

The MCH Program works with local public health departments, community-based organizations, statewide organizations and other providers to provide and/or assure quality health services are delivered to mothers, children, and families in Florence County. The program provides home visits to first-time mothers with new babies, water testing, depression screening and informs mothers of other available services. The Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health Hotline connects you with trained staff who can offer information on services for women, children and families throughout Wisconsin, including health, food, nutrition, special needs, financial assistance and advocacy programs. This hotline is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at (800) 642-7837. More information about the MCH Hotline is available at www.mch- hotlines.org. Call 715-528-4837 for more information. Well Badger Resource Center When you have questions about health and social services, figuring out where to go when you need help can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier. Well Badger Resource Center is your one-stop connection to community, social, health, and government programs - a place to find what you need, when you need it.  https://www.wellbadger.org/  Safe Baby Products Resource Guide

Childhood Blood Lead Testing

Lead exposure in young children can cause reduced IQ and attention span, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, and a range of other health and behavioral effects. Most exposures occur in homes or daycare centers where lead based paint has deteriorated because of deferred maintenance or where lead hazards have been created through painting or renovation without using lead-safe practices. Call 715- 528-4837 for more information.

Oral Health

One of the roles of public health, in Florence County, is to ensure that community has access to ways that are proven to ensure good oral health.  Fluoridation is the most common, least expensive, and most effective way to reduce tooth decay. The town of Florence is the only township that fluoridates their water supply so if you do not live with the Town of Florence boundaries then your child may need fluoride supplements to achieve good oral health.   Fluoride supplements are available to you through the Florence County Health Department for children ages 6 months to 16 years old.  Private well water can be tested by obtaining a well water test kit from the Florence County Health Department.  The report includes the amount of naturally occurring fluoride in your well water. You can then get fluoride supplements through the Florence County Health Department to make sure that your child is getting the correct amount of fluoride for strong healthy teeth.   Video: Flouride: The Superhero of Cavity Fighting Brochure: Flouride Facts For more information on private well water testing or fluoride supplements, please contact Ann Price, RN at 715-528-4837 annprice@co.florence.wi.us. Brochure: Northwoods Dental Project

USDA Summer Food Program

The UW Extension is offering Free Breakfast and Free Lunch in conjunction with Food, Fun, and Fitness Summer Program. More information.
Florence County, Wisconsin